Court ad­journs ‘ter­ror­ist cell’ case to Novem­ber 29

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: The Crim­i­nal Court post­poned look­ing into the ‘ter­ror­ist cell’ case, in which 26 de­fen­dants are in­volved, to Novem­ber 29 to an­nounce the rest of the sus­pects. The court had held its first hear­ing on Au­gust 16 to ex­am­ine “be­hind closed doors” the case of “train­ing with weaponry out­side the coun­try” which was sent to it by the Court of Ap­peals.

On June 21, the Court of Ap­peals said that Kuwaiti law ren­ders pun­ish­ment to all crimes car­ried out out­side of the coun­try. The court sen­tenced the first de­fen­dant to death, life im­pris­on­ment to the sixth and can­celled 15 years in prison to 8 de­fen­dants and re­deemed them in­no­cent. It also can­celled 5 and 15 years in prison to five de­fen­dants and suf­ficed to fine them with KD 5001.

In ad­di­tion, it mit­i­gated the im­pris­on­ment sen­tence from 15 to 5 years, 10 to 5 years, and 15 to 2 years for some de­fen­dants. In Septem­ber 2015, the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor lodged crim­i­nal charges against the ter­ror­ist cell known as the “Al-Ab­dali Cell,” in which 26 de­fen­dants were put on trial over possession of huge caches of weapons and am­mu­ni­tion, as well as es­pi­onage for Iran and Hezbol­lah. —KUNA

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